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  • illinoislady
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    If you can accept the flow of life and give in to it, you will be accepting
    what is real.  Only when you accept what is real can you live with it in
    peace and happiness.  The alternative is a struggle that will never end
    because it is a struggle with the unreal, with a mirage
    of life instead of life itself.

    Deepak Chopra

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    Caring passionately about something isn't against nature, and it isn't against human nature. It's what we're here to do.      -Annie Dillard

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    The powerful potential behind change lies in the possibility that each
    new beginning will bring us greater joy and freedom than we have ever
    known.  Whether or not that actually happens--whether or not we
    continue to grow through the cycles of our lives--is largely up to us.
    We play a part in what happens by choosing how we see our changes,
    our beginnings, our endings.  We can see each ending as a tragedy and
    lament and resist it, or we can see each ending as a new beginning and
    a new birth into greater opportunities.  What the caterpillar sees as the
    tragedy of death, the butterfly sees as the miracle of birth.

    John Marks Templeton
    Worldwide Laws of Life

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    In the face of circumstances that drive others to madness, awakened people
    have a kind of calmness and serenity inside them. They’re in charge of how
    they react. They’re not calculating, they’re not cold, they’re not emotionless
    people—they simply know how not to make negative assessments of the
    world and what’s in it. They practice having healthy reactions to whatever
    happens, rather than practicing ego-driven behavior.

    Wayne Dyer
    Happiness Is the Way

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    The feeling that "I am enough" does not mean that I have nothing to learn,
    nothing further to achieve, and nowhere to grow to.  It means that I accept
    myself, that I am not on trial in my own eyes, that I value and respect
    myself.  This is not an act of indulgence but of courage.

    Nathaniel Branden
    Self-Esteem Every Day

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    A bag of apples, a pot of homemade jam, a scribbled note, a bunch of golden flowers, a coloured pebble, a box of seedlings, an empty scent bottle for the children. . . . Who needs diamonds and van-delivered bouquets?     -Pam Brown

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    Yesterday is experience. Tomorrow is hope. Today is getting one to another as best we can. John M. Henry.

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    What a desolate place would be a world without flowers.  It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome.  Are not flowers the stars of the earth?  And are not our stars the flowers of heaven?

    Clara Balfour

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    We are all flowers in the Great Spirit's garden.  We share a common root, and the root is Mother Earth.  The garden is beautiful because it has different colors in it, and those colors represent different traditions and cultural backgrounds.

    Grandfather David Monongye (Hopi)

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    Do not compare yourself with others, for you are
    a unique and wonderful creation.
    Make your own beautiful footprints in the snow.

    Barbara Kimball

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    Throughout our lives, the moment we bring our awareness fully into
    the Now, we enter the domain of the true self, and our immediate
    conscious reality is once again that of sensation and perception.  As
    I sit in the park, the sunlight brightens the leaves and casts shadows
    on the ground. I have a feeling of contentment.  And as long as “I”
    don’t create stories about what I am seeing or about the fact that I
    am feeling content, which leads me away from my immediate experience,
    what I experience remains simply perception and sensation.  The same is
    true for any feeling, any emotion. In the Now, it is just what it is.  In the
    Now, I “go back” to my original awareness “by the way that [I] have
    come.”  When we directly perceive and experience whatever is present
    in our larger fields of awareness, it is possible to have a relationship with
    it without becoming lost in it or defined by it.

    Richard Moss
    The Mandala of Being

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    No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.

    Zen

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    Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try
    to love the questions themselves. . . .  Don’t search for the answers, which
    could not be given to you now, because you would not be able
    to live them.  And the point is, to live everything.  Live the questions
    now.  Perhaps, then, someday far in the future, you will gradually,
    without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

    Rainer Maria Rilke

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    Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got
    where they are had to begin where they were.

    Richard L. Evans

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    The little troubles and worries of life, so many of which we meet,
    may be as stumbling blocks in our way, or we may make them
    stepping-stones to a noble character and to Heaven.  Troubles
    are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.

    Henry Ward Beecher

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    Whether it’s Mother Teresa’s acts of charity, Gandhi’s perseverance,
    or your aunt Betty’s calm demeanor, as long as you’re motivated to be
    better today than you were yesterday, it doesn’t matter who inspires you.

    Timber Hawkeye
    Buddhist Boot Camp

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    What we are talking about is learning to live in the present moment,
    in the now.  When you aren't distracted by your own negative thinking,
    when you don't allow yourself to get lost in moments that are gone or
    yet to come, you are left with this moment.  This moment--now--truly is
    the only moment you have.  It is beautiful and special.  Life is simply a
    series of such moments to be experienced one right after another.  If
    you attend to the moment you are in and stay connected to your soul and
    remain happy, you will find that your heart is filled with positive feelings.

    Sydney Banks

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    Life is made up not necessarily of great sacrifices or high-level duties
    but of little things.  The smiles, the kindnesses, the commitments and
    obligations and responsibilities that are given habitually and lovingly
    are the blessings that win and preserve the heart and bring comfort
    to one's self as we as to others.  This is the ministry
    of service performed by every useful life.

    John Marks Templeton
    Worldwide Laws of Life

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    If you're able to be yourself, then you have no competition.
    All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.

    Barbara Cook

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    All the kindness which a person puts out into the world works on the heart and thoughts of humankind.

    Albert Schweitzer

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    Be on the lookout for mercies. The more we look for them,
    the more of them we will see. . . . Better to lose count
    while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings
    to counting your troubles.

    Maltbie D. Babcock

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    If people only knew the healing power of laughter and joy, many of our fine doctors would be out of business. Joy is one of nature’s greatest medicines. Joy is always healthy. A pleasant state of mind tends to bring abnormal conditions back to normal. -Catherine Ponder

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    Your worth is not measured by what you do. Nor can you calculate the degree of your worthiness by what you possess. Your worth is a function of your being. Your being is colorless, genderless, and believe it or not, ageless. Your being is worthy of honor, admiration, and respect. It is a vessel of love and light. It is a beacon of inspiration.     -Iyanla Vanzant

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    We are all citizens of one world, we are all of one blood.
    To hate people because they were born in another country,
    because they speak a different language, or because they
    take a different view on this subject or that, is a great folly.
    Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human. . . .
    Let us have but one end in view:  the welfare of humanity.

    Johann Amos Comenius

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    All beliefs are temporary and ultimately evolve to something different.
    There will come a time when everything you now believe will not be
    true for you. As much as you are sure you know how it is, one day
    you will change your mind about how it is. Never argue that your way
    is the only way or the right way. One day you will be proven wrong,
    even to yourself. That day will be joyful because you
    will leave a smaller room to enter a greater one.

    Alan Cohen
    The Tao Made Easy

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    The longer you live the more you realize that forgiveness,
    consideration, and kindness are three of the great secrets of life.

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    I nurture a faithful heart.  When difficulties, sorrows, and trials beset
    me, I consciously choose faith in the face of despair.  Like the mountain
    climber who reaches the summit a step at a time, I hold an ideal in my
    heart.  Despite the temptation to bitterness, despite the seduction of
    rage, I choose a path of temperate endurance, grounding my daily life
    in the small joys yet available to me.  Learning from the material world,
    I harbor the seeds of hope against the long winter.  I count the small
    stirrings of beauty and delight still present in a barren time.  My heart
    is a seasoned traveler.  Moving through hostile and unfamiliar terrain
    it remains alert to encounter unexpected beauty blossoming despite
    the odds.  In the arms of adversity, I yet find the comfort of tenderness
    to myself and others.  I refuse to harbor a hardened heart.
    Decisively and deliberately, I expand rather than contract.

    Julia Cameron

    Transitions:  Prayers and
    Declarations for a Changing Life

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    To find something you can enjoy is far better than finding something you can possess.

    Glen Holm

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    If things are tough, remember that every flower had to go through a whole lot
    of dirt to get there.  So do not grieve about a bitter experience.  The present
    is slipping by while you are regretting the past and worrying about the future.
    Regret will not prevent tomorrow’s sorrows; it will only rob today of its strength.

    Barbara Johnson